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Saturday morning recommended reading

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Things are quiet today (as expected) in pre-pre-season Union news. But one minor story that should resonate with fans is the news that two Union players–Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo–have been called up to represent the US U-20 national team at the 2010 Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico. Let’s hope they are just the first in what will be a long line of Union players called up to youth national sides and to the senior side.

I’m a big fan of the new Philly Soccer Page blog, and have particularly enjoyed their pieces on Philly Soccer history.  Be sure to check out the most recent post in the series, which is on the Ukranian Nationals:

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Interview with Amobi Okugo on the ASN Union page

January 19, 2010 3 comments

My Union-reporting colleagues at ASN landed a great interview with 18-year-old Amobi Okugo. My favorite quotes after the jump:

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Guest post–MLS basher on Wednesday, Union fan on Thursday–the Peter Nowak effect?

January 18, 2010 7 comments

The following was sent to me by Gary Kleiban of

Peter Nowak

Could Peter Nowak and his team convert even the most cynical of MLS cynics?*


If someone asked me if I was going to follow the MLS season in 2010, I would have laughed in their face. Surely they were trying to coax me into some vulgarities about the level of play and why I would never waste my time.

However, a month before the draft, I started to take an interest in the league. You see, speculation about our former club opponents, Danny Mwanga and Amobi Okugo, started circulating. Were they going to sign with MLS? These were the players I considered the best forward and defensive midfielder in our age group, and I was very delighted to see that someone in MLS had recognized true quality.

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Agbossoumonde does Syracuse proud–signs with Braga in Portugal

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment
Gale Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde

Gale Agbossoumonde, the 18-year-old Miami FC and US U-20 national team defender, has signed with Portugese Braga, according to Yanks Abroad. Agbossoumonde started in every game of the U-20 World Cup last year and rumors have been swirling for months that Braga, who are tied for first place in the Portugese Liga, were interested in him.

Agbossoumonde was born in Togo, later fled to Benin, and then immigrated to the United States with his family as a refugee. He was discovered when the Syracuse Blitz, the premier youth club in the area, watched him and brothers playing at Barry Park on the city’s east side. Barry Park is a well-known destination among Syracuse’s large refugee population, featuring almost daily pick-up games (it’s also about a five minute walk from my house)

According to Yanks Abroad, Agbossoumonde will initially play with Braga’s youth team, but may be called up to play with the full side.

“Right now he’s playing with the junior team,” Clavijo said. “We’ve heard that he will be training with the first team soon. Everyone was surprised with him – first of all because of his [young age] and his size but also with the quality of his play. It was good news for us altogether.”

Michael Wheeler, founder and president of the sports agency, claims on on his Twitter accunt (@USSoccerAgent) that Agbossoumonde has been more than impressing scouts in Portugal:

C. Horridus would like to wish Mr. Agbossoumonde the best of luck in his Portugese adventure. And here’s hoping he continues in his obliteration of any and all strikers that come his way.


As a side-note, Agbossoumonde’s older brother, Mawuena, is a freshman at Syracuse University and played in 13 games last season. I saw him play a few times and was impressed with is raw talent. With yesterday’s hiring of Hartwick’s Ian McIntyre to head the program, there’s good chance Mawuena will see more playing time this season, as McIntyre seems to be a far more shrewd judge of talent than his predecessor.

College Soccer Prof. at the U20s

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Just a quick note: College Soccer Professor,’s college soccer columnist, is doing a great series of updates at the U20 camp in California. I’m glad to finally hear some first-hand accounts of Sebastian Lletget, who’s been off the radar for a while.

Check out the twitter feed: @NCAAsoccer

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Rongen calls in 36 for first U20 training camp of new, two-year cycle

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment

The camp will run from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23 in Chula Vista California. Here is the list of call-ups from

GOALKEEPERS (3): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), Justin Luthy (Boston College) Dublin, Ohio), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (12) Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Paolo Del Piccolo (Louisville; Lakewood, Colo.), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas), Zachary Herold (West Pines United; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jose Altamirano (San Diego State; San Diego), Christian Castaneda (Hertha Berlin; Lutz, Fla.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco), Andrew Lubahn (Wake Forest; Erie, Pa.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jrs.; San Pedro, Calif.), Colin Murphy (Boston College; Guilderland, N.Y.), Amobi Okugo (UCLA; Sacramento, Calif.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Fabrice Picault (Cagliari Calcio; Miami), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Will Bates (Virginia; Chester, Va.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Ryan Finley (Duke; Lumberton, N.J.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

Good to see Sebastian Lletget on the list (and of course Gale Agbossoumonde, who was discovered at park in Syarcuse literally minutes from where I live). Still no Charlie Renken or Joseph Gyau, however, which is troubling.